Most married couples own their home through joint tenancy with rights of survivorship or tenancy by the entirety, which for our purposes boils down to the same thing: when one of the owners dies, the surviving owner will automatically take over the deceased owner’s ownership interest. If you own your home in joint tenancy with right of survivorship, you will automatically have the right to sell your home without taking any further action to transfer the property into your individual name prior to sale.
In order for a parent to regain guardianship, there must be a substantial change in circumstances and supporting evidence to demonstrate that it is in the child’s best interest to return to the care of the biological parents. For example, if the child was removed from custody of the parents because of a substance abuse problem, the parents can file a Petition to Discharge Guardianship of a Minor to regain primary care of the child if they can prove that their abuse issues have been resolved.
Medicinal marijuana is already legal in Illinois, but the law will change to include recreational use as of January 1st, 2020. If you would like to learn more about the changes going into effect, see our article entitled New Illinois Law Legalizing Marijuana in 2020 Frequently Asked Questions. Whether or not an employer includes marijuana in drug tests is at the discretion of each employer. There is nothing in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act that requires an employer to stop testing for marijuana.
There aren’t any changes to Illinois spousal maintenance law that will take effect on January 1st, 2020. The federal tax reform in 2019 introduced many changes, which pushed back some of the Illinois government’s agenda for 2020. We may see alterations later in the year, but for now, it is best to have a clear understanding of changes that were made in 2019 and how they will impact spousal maintenance law in 2020.
Many attorneys offer both free consultations and paid consultations, depending on what you are trying to accomplish. The key to understanding the difference, is that generally attorneys will not give legal advice without being first hired by the client.